The workbook, "Animal Friendly-Customer Smart: People
Skills for Animal Shelters" is tailored specifically to the needs of the staff and volunteers who work in animal welfare
and protection. Author Jan Elster has designed the workbook to focus on issues that animal shelters face and solutions
that will work in the shelter environment.
Diane Allevato, former Director of the Marin Humane Society
in Novato, California, suggested that Jan transform the workshops she conducted for over 25 years into written materials that
shelters can use on their own. The workbook "Animal Friendly - Customer Smart: People Skills for Animal Shelters" is
designed to be used in-house by groups that work with animals at any time without the help of a professional consultant
or trainer. It is shelter/clinic friendly and can easily and inexpensively assist anyone in
the field of animal sheltering and protection to acquire skills that help them be effective on-the-job so that the animals
benefit in the long run. "Animal Friendly - Customer Smart" includes educational materials that are both entertaining
and informative. Photos, by award winning Companion Animal Photographer, Sumner W. Fowler, bring the topics
and scenarios to life.
Over 8000 workbooks are being used
at shelters and in rescue groups in the United States, China, Australia, Canada, Europe, Estonia and the Virgin Islands.
"Animal Friendly - Customer Smart" contains 116 easy-to-work
with spiral bound pages that offer Customer Smart principles, exercises to complete and photos that reflect shelter
life. The workbook is meant to be written in, discussed and referred to at desks, counters, in meetings and even